I placed a letter in the Oshkosh Herald as several hundred business folks showed up at a meeting of the Winnebago County legislative committee opposing a public health ordinance. The posts on Wisconsin State Representative Michael Schraa talked about winning, protecting their rights and freedom. I think these business owners are not aware of their disastrous messaging. This isn’t about winning, freedom or rights. It is about taking responsibility to stop an airborne virus from spreading in your business. It is about taking responsibility to protect your customers and employees. Every right has several responsibilities. So does every freedom. The Pizza industry has a message about con-tactless pizza delivery keeping you safe. That started in Korea, one company applied it to all 40 countries that they have stores in. Then every major pizza place adopted this concept. What a powerful message to their customers. Contrast the message on Representative Schraa’s Facebook page. Little mention of specific language they objected too. No messaging about what they are doing to protect you and me in their business. If this doesn’t scare most senior citizens from entering small businesses, I don’t know what will. If we all wear a mask starting now, the chances of an outbreak in a school in fall is fairly low. If we all wear a mask the virus dies out as (R) is less than one. If we don’t then 60,000 projected deaths will come true.
Dr Duffy made an YouTube video urging everyone to wear a mask. He is an Internal Medical Specialist who recently retired. This is worth watching and posting. Thank you Dr. Duffy.
Three successful approaches to controlling this virus: New Zealand after a “hard shutdown” and strict protocols has gone 17 days without a new case of Covid-19 and now reopened the economy fully without restrictions. They are a unique in that they are an Island and can quarantine travelers coming into their country. Korea where everyone wears a mask, has had under 300 deaths and never shut down their economy. They employ extensive testing, tracking and tracing. Taiwan has a weekly mask ration that you can purchase from a pharmacy or convenience store. Three slightly different approaches, but all work. In China before the outbreak folks wore masks in crowded areas. In the USA we need leadership that recognizes that Covid-19 is serious as the virus attaches to ACE2 receptors found in the heart and kidneys. Mayo’s put out a podcast that they are finding elevated Troponin levels associated with a heart attack from a blockage. Normally these people would be taken to the Cath Lab. Now they advise Covid-19 patients not go to the Cath Lab unless they have symptoms of a heart attack.
June 6 World Health Organization update included wearing mask in public reversing a previous recommendation for healthy individuals. Since then several observational studies also back wearing masks for healthy individuals in public.
June 17 The World Health Organization is no longer including Hydroxychloroquine in its trails of Covid-19 drugs.
June 18 Taiwan has had 7 deaths and 446 cases. Taiwan has very crowed cities, but has a weekly mask ration that can be picked up at a convenience stop or pharmacy. They started this early in their response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
June 16 Article in the Wall Street Journal: “Exactly how do you catch Covid-19? There is a growing consensus” This article details the biggest danger is poorly ventilated indoor spaces and close contact. It emphasizes the importance of wearing a mask.